The Michigan Supreme Court wants to keep Trump on the 2024 ballot

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The Michigan Supreme Court wants to keep Trump on the 2024 ballot

Election 2024

Dec. 27, 2023

The Michigan Supreme Court is holding former President Donald Trump in the state’s primary elections.

The court said Wednesday it will not hear an appeal of a lower court ruling from groups seeking to prevent Trump from appearing on the ballot.

The state Supreme Court said in an order that the parties’ request to appeal in December The Michigan appeals court ruling was considered but denied because we are not convinced that the questions posed by this court must be assessed.

The verdict followed on December 11. The divided Colorado Supreme Court ruled on November 19 that Trump was ineligible to serve as president due to his role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. The ruling marked the first time in history that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was used to to disqualify a presidential candidate.

The cases in Michigan and Colorado are among dozens hoping to keep Trump’s name off state ballots. They all point to the so-called insurrection clause, which bars anyone from holding office that engages in insurrection or rebellion against the Constitution.

Trump urged two election officials in Michigan’s Wayne County not to certify 2020 vote totals, according to a recording of a post-election phone call disclosed in a December 2020 post. 22 report by The Detroit News. The former president’s 2024 campaign has neither confirmed nor denied the legitimacy of the recordings.

Attorneys for Free Speech for People, a liberal nonprofit that is also involved in efforts to keep Trump’s name out of the Minnesota primary, had asked the Michigan Supreme Court to rule before Christmas Day.

The group argued that time was of the essence due to the urgent need to complete and print presidential election ballots.

Earlier this month, the Michigan Supreme Court declined to immediately hear an appeal, saying the case should remain in the appeals court.

Free Speech for People had filed a lawsuit to force Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to bar Trump from voting in Michigan. But a Michigan Court of Claims judge rejected their arguments, saying in November that it was Congress’s proper role to decide the issue.


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